Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Cichlid Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 05-14-2005, 02:06 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: LI, New York
Posts: 57
Emergency!!!! Heater Broke and Temp Way UP!!!

My heater broke, I set the temperature to 72 deg f and it just kept going up, and it reached about 90 deg f. I have 3 African (Mbunas) Cichlids. I just thre in 2 icepacks, even though I know this isn't good, it has reduced the temperature back to normal. Can you tell me the potential damages and dangers that I have just subjected my fish too, and also what I should do to re-gain my aquairium's proper habitat.
__________________

__________________
Marineland Eclipse System Six
Rena Air Pump Model 50 (Airstone)
Visi-Therm Deluxe Heater 50 Watt

Glass 20 Gallon Aquarium
Penn Plax Cascade 100 Hang-On Power Filter - 20 Gallons
Penn Plax Air-Tech Pumps (2) (20 Gallon and 65 Gallon)
Penn Plax Therma-Tech Submersible Heater (100 Watt)
Visi-Therm Deluxe Heater (100 Watt)
soccerstud652 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2005, 02:16 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: McKinney, Tx
Posts: 3,548
Send a message via AIM to lyquidphyre
I don't think there will be too much of a side effect. The same thing happened to me and all my fish were really suffering (not swimming, floating, swimming sideways).. i did a water change and added cold water and ice cubes and within minutes they were fine
__________________

__________________

lyquidphyre is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2005, 02:18 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: LI, New York
Posts: 57
Yeh, the ice seemed to have helped, as the water is now about 77, which isnt that bad. I have taken out the ice now, and I am going to keep the top open until it goes down to about 74. I put some food in, and they have all been swimming and eating very fast and normal. Are there any long term effects to what this may have done to my helpful bacteria, algae growth, or anything else?
__________________
Marineland Eclipse System Six
Rena Air Pump Model 50 (Airstone)
Visi-Therm Deluxe Heater 50 Watt

Glass 20 Gallon Aquarium
Penn Plax Cascade 100 Hang-On Power Filter - 20 Gallons
Penn Plax Air-Tech Pumps (2) (20 Gallon and 65 Gallon)
Penn Plax Therma-Tech Submersible Heater (100 Watt)
Visi-Therm Deluxe Heater (100 Watt)
soccerstud652 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2005, 03:49 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Seattle
Posts: 77
Send a message via AIM to ripvanrina
i've heard that bacteria actually do better in warmer temps, and that shouldn't have been high enough to boil them
__________________
25gal

1 Gold Gourami
4 Cardinal Tetras
2 Endler's Livebearers
2 Botia Sidthimunki
1 Kribensis
1 Dwarf Checkered Cichlid
1 Pitbull Pleco
1 Amano Shrimp
ripvanrina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2005, 06:50 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Australia
Posts: 922
in australia my tank tends to be in the higher range. as a result i have never ever ever had ich or fungal diseases. and cycling goes faster in higher temps and the good bacteria thrive.
__________________
Blucat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2005, 07:06 AM   #6
AA Team Emeritus
 
Jchillin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New York, NY (The Big Apple)
Posts: 14,951
What type of heater was this and do you know the cause? In regard to your actions, of course wild temp swings can stress fish - considering your options, placing the ice was a good idea (ice packs rather than ice cubes which haven't been treated).
__________________
_________________________________
Jchillin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2005, 08:34 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: LI, New York
Posts: 57
Well, I had a Neptune 25 watt heater. Piece of garbage, I warn all of you never to buy it. Almost cost me 3 of my baby fish.
__________________
Marineland Eclipse System Six
Rena Air Pump Model 50 (Airstone)
Visi-Therm Deluxe Heater 50 Watt

Glass 20 Gallon Aquarium
Penn Plax Cascade 100 Hang-On Power Filter - 20 Gallons
Penn Plax Air-Tech Pumps (2) (20 Gallon and 65 Gallon)
Penn Plax Therma-Tech Submersible Heater (100 Watt)
Visi-Therm Deluxe Heater (100 Watt)
soccerstud652 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2005, 08:35 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
mentallylost's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Olympia, Washington
Posts: 301
The same thing happened to me last year. And I did all of the same things that you did (ice cubes, cold water, even added more air stones with an extra pump). It didn't help. Sure the thermometer went down, but the heater turned out to not be the problem. My thermometer was the problem. Over night it went from reading correctly to reading about 10 degrees high. The thermometer is worth checking out. I won't buy a cheap one again.

Are you sure that you should be keeping the temp that low? I have the 2 African Cichlid tanks and I keep both temps between 78 and 80 degrees. When the tanks have been sick in the past (ick) I raised the temp up to 85 to 86 degrees. IMO, I would say that your hitting about 90 won't cause too many problems with your fisf in the long term.
__________________
mentallylost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2005, 10:11 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Fishyfanatic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Illinois
Posts: 11,964
I'm more worried about 3 African Mbuna's being in a 5 gal tank. That is awfully cramped. Even if they are small, they need lots of open swimming space. The temp in my tanks for African's is normally around 78 to 80 degrees. And when treating for ich, the temp in the tanks are slowly raised to about 87 degrees. You shouldn't have long term problems with the fish since that is a common temp for ich treatment.
__________________
Vote for Aquarium Advice

29 Gallon Lake Malawi Fry
55 Gallon Community
150 Gallon Lake Malawi Cichlid
Fishyfanatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2005, 03:03 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: LI, New York
Posts: 57
I do plan on getting a bigger tank within the next two months, I wasn't sure if fish were for me so I wanted to start small, but its a great hobby. I plan on getting a 50 or 60 or 70 gallon tank for my den soon. As for the temperature, PetSmart said they keep their tanks at 72, and thats what I should keep it at. Should I keep it higher?
__________________

__________________
Marineland Eclipse System Six
Rena Air Pump Model 50 (Airstone)
Visi-Therm Deluxe Heater 50 Watt

Glass 20 Gallon Aquarium
Penn Plax Cascade 100 Hang-On Power Filter - 20 Gallons
Penn Plax Air-Tech Pumps (2) (20 Gallon and 65 Gallon)
Penn Plax Therma-Tech Submersible Heater (100 Watt)
Visi-Therm Deluxe Heater (100 Watt)
soccerstud652 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
eat, eater, heater

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Heater broke??? newfishhobbyist Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 18 05-25-2009 06:13 PM
My heater broke and it has been about a year later what do I do. raidencmc Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 6 03-10-2008 08:16 PM
today i broke my first heater :( krap101 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 11 05-15-2005 04:28 PM
Help! heater broke, temp. at 60F in LR curing tank srgetz Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 4 03-22-2005 08:38 PM
Coral help after heater broke ClamKnuckle Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 2 10-15-2004 06:38 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.